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William Walters obituary (1942 – 2021) – Waxhaw, North Carolina



William Durward Walters, Jr.
August 25, 1942 – August 22, 2021
Waxhaw, NC – William D. Walters, Jr. (“Bill”), passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at his home on Sunday August 22, 2021.
Bill was born in Charlotte on August 25, 1942, the same birthday as his maternal grandfather. His father, William D. Walters, Sr., then a male enlisted in the United States Navy, was overseas at the time. Bill and his father didn’t meet until they were 18 months old; a Charlotte diary commemorated the father-son encounter.
As a child, Bill’s family lived in several states and Guam because of his father’s career in the Navy. Bill has many fond memories of life in these areas, especially a summer in Maine and his life at the Naval Shell Plant and his work on a nearby dairy farm.
As a young boy in the 1950s, Bill was part of the Charlotte Boys Choir as a soloist and in a quartet. His specialty was “16 Tonnes”. Bill remained a fan of country music and later Bluegrass music. Bill and Becky attended bluegrass festivals, inspiring Bill in his mid-60s to take banjo lessons. Fortunately, Bill gave up banjo lessons, but his uncle’s 4-string banjo is still a precious possession.
Bill was proud to be in the first graduating class of Garinger High School in 1960. He then worked on the reunion committee, helping to plan many wonderful reunions and enjoyed visiting his fellow Garinger Wildcat classmates.
Bill was an avid reader and he couldn’t wait for Steven King’s next novel. He also liked to read about the history of WWII.
Bill’s lifelong hobby was collecting stamps and coins, and he amassed many stamp and coin binders throughout his 40-plus-year stamp collecting hobby. . Several years before his death, Bill “cashed in the collection” by selling it to another very impressed collector.
A UNC Charlotte graduate, Bill was a huge fan of UNC sports and all things football, especially his beloved Carolina Panthers. A special gift from their mother, Bill and his only brother, George, were two PSL Carolina Panther season ticket holders and they attended every home game they could. Go panthers!
Bill’s professional career began with the insurance industry. In the early 1970s, the family moved to Lake Tranquility, New Jersey, a beautiful little community aptly named. While living in Lake Tranquility, Bill was active in the local Methodist Church, and particularly in its annual Lord’s Auction for which Bill and a friend built furniture for auction.
Another insurance job transfer moved the family of five to Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, a suburb of Philadelphia. This job transfer and timing allowed the family to celebrate the bicentennial by visiting many historic sites in the greater Philadelphia area.
Never the type to pass up an opportunity to see the country and grow in his career to support his family, in the late 1970s Bill and the family moved to Minnesota. Bill traded in his motorbike and bribed the kids with a snowmobile Christmas present. The family spent three winters and three seasons repairing roads in Minnesota. (Ask a Minnesotan to explain).
After Minnesota, it was back to New Jersey, for another big promotion at headquarters in Philadelphia. In the early 1980s, Bill moved to Redmond, Washington (a suburb of Seattle) where Bill, Becky, and their son Patrick lived until 1992, and sons Bill and Mark visited.
In 1992, and with some reservations, Bill and Becky moved to Huntington Bay, Long Island, New York. It was the straw that broke the camel’s back for this couple from North Carolina, and they returned to Charlotte in 1996, to be close to their families and support their aging mothers.
Wherever the family lived, Bill and Becky planned road trip after road trip to see sights and national parks. The family piled into the Oldsmobile and they set off to explore the area.
Around 1979, Bill and Becky took the family on a two-week road trip from Minnesota to Colorado, Arizona, Wyoming, and then back to Minnesota via South Dakota. On this trip, the family visited the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone National Park, Four Corners, the Bad Lands, and Mount Rushmore. Big fan of the sci-fi film, Close Encounters, but without disclosing the target destination, Bill drove the family (for hours) to Devil’s Tower, Wyoming, resisting the urge to reveal the target destination despite countless pleadings from the boys, “are we still here?” where are we going? ”The family spent the day at Devil’s Tower and this epic road trip remains one of the family’s fondest memories.
After returning to Charlotte, Bill worked at the Charlotte Housing Authority as Internal Audit and Director of Section 8 Housing. He retired in 2017 so that he could spend more time with Becky and focus on his beloved Panthers. Go panthers!
Retired, the Wanderlust couple, Bill and Becky, traveled across the South and to Branson, Missouri, to name a few. They have also traveled overseas, taking cruises in the Eastern and Western Mediterranean, an unforgettable trip to Israel with their family from Weddington United Methodist Church. To celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary, Bill and Becky and the entire Walters family took a memorable Alaska cruise.
Bill is predeceased by his parents, Rosemond and William Durward Walters, Sr., and his son, William D. Walters III, who also lived in Charlotte. Bill is survived by his wife Becky of 61 years, his sons Mark (married to Laurie Cansler) and Patrick (married to Dawn Rodney), who live in the Seattle, Washington area, four grandchildren, his Panther fan brother , George, his wife Juline, two nephews and their families and a host of cousins ​​from the Barnett and Walters side of the family.
Memorial service to be held on Thursday August 26, 2021 at 10 a.m. Weddington United Methodist Church, 13901 Providence Road, Weddington, NC 28104. Reception to follow at Helm’s Hall after service. To protect participants, the family is requesting that COVID precautions be taken, please wear a mask.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Carolinas Parkinson’s Association (https://www.parkinsonassociation.org) or the Weddington United Methodist Church (https://www.weddingtonchurch.org).

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